Physical Education Department

Mr S Day, Director of Physical Education

We all love to win and at Thorpe House winning is important but it is not our end goal. We focus on developing the individual; nurturing their skills and natural talents so they can become the best sportsmen they can be.

‘I love the sport at Thorpe! If I was in a bigger school I wouldn’t get to play as many matches, but here I do because there are lots of different teams for different abilities, so even if you’re not one of the best rugby or football players you still get to play.’

Year 7 Pupil

We create well rounded athletes, swimmers, footballers, rugby players and cricketers, we don’t see the benefit in teaching pupils to be great shot putters, full-backs, scrum halves or batsmen, they need to have the confidence to play all positions in a game or competition.

Thorpe House has a number of very talented sportsmen and due to the size of the school, we have the time to support these boys and nurture their talents. We currently have boys who compete at national level for swimming, tennis, football and athletics and many boys who compete at district and county level for rugby, cricket, football, athletics, golf, horse riding and swimming.

As part of the compulsory PE curriculum, the Prep and Senior Department have one full afternoon of sport a week and this is when competitive matches against other schools takes place. Depending on their age, boys also take part in timetabled PE lessons outside of these afternoons of sport.

Pre-Prep Department
Pre-Prep boys have one lesson of PE a week and in the summer term Reception – Year 2 have two swimming lessons a week. In addition to this Year 1 – 2 have one games lesson a week; in the autumn term, they learn a range of rugby skills and in the spring term, they participate in football lessons.

Prep Department
Prep boys have one period of PE and two further double periods of games during the week. In the summer term the PE lesson is a swimming lesson and in the autumn and spring terms it is an indoor session of PE.

Senior Department
Years 7 – 9 have a single period of PE and one double period of games every week. In Years 10 – 11 boys participate in one full afternoon of sport; they also have the opportunity to study PE as a GCSE subject. Thorpe House has a strong PE GCSE pedigree which boasts a high 98% pass rate at A*-C, with many boys achieving A or A* grades.

We offer a fantastic range of extra-curricular sports which allows the boys to try out a variety of sporting disciplines instead of specialising too early, which can be detrimental to a boy’s athletic development. Examples of the range of extra-curricular sports can be found below:

Our sports facilities

Sports facilities at Thorpe House include an recently renovated indoor swimming pool which is enjoyed by all boys from nursery to Year 11 for swimming lessons, GCSE lessons, galas and training the school elite swimming team. At the end of term, we hold open lessons so parents can see the progress their sons have made.

The main school playing fields are set in seven acres and are located on Priory Road (SL9 8SB), a 2 minute mini bus journey from the main school. As well as fixtures and PE lessons, Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior Department sports days also take place on the playing fields at the end of the summer term. The playing field facilities include two, full size rugby pitches, an AstroTurf tennis court, a long jump pit and an AstroTurf cricket strip. Match teas are served in the pavilion which also houses five changing rooms, showers, a weights room and a kitchen.

Pre-Prep have over an acre of their own playing fields for their PE lessons and the Early Years sports day (Years 1 and 2 go to the playing fields for their sports day). The school gym is on the main school site and is used by the Prep and Senior Department, whilst Pre-Prep have their own hall for indoor PE lessons, drama and music lessons, school assemblies and productions.


Sean Day B.Sc. (Hons), PGCE, Director of Sport

'A lot of football success is in the mind. You must believe you are the best and then make sure that you are.' Bill Shankly

Mr Day has been teaching since 2005 and is a Master in Charge of football and athletics. He is one of only a few level 3 football coaches in the county and holds the coveted UEFA ‘B’ coaching badge. With this level of expertise, Sean has helped coach the England Schools Under 18 football team and is the Head Coach for the Independent Schools Football Association Under 15 team. He is also the Lead Coach for the Buckinghamshire Schools County Under 15 football team. Under his leadership, the Thorpe House fixture list has grown and now incorporates rugby, cricket, football, athletics, table tennis, handball, swimming, tennis, basketball and golf fixtures , allowing all boys the chance to succeed and in doing so, find their own sporting niche. The department also has an enviably high GCSE pass rate well above the national average.


Paul Britton B.A.(Hons), PGCE, Head of Prep PE

'Success is no accident, it is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.' Pele

Mr Britton has been teaching for many years and is Master in Charge of swimming, rugby and tennis. He plays rugby semi-professionally in the National Leagues, has played for Berkshire County and at Thorpe he coaches many of the Prep and Senior rugby teams. He has been teaching at Thorpe for seven years and when he’s not in school, he assists with coaching the Buckinghamshire County U18 rugby team.


Joseph Brawn

‘You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits and beat those, that is what really winning feels like.’ - Arthur Ashe

Mr Brawn graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Physical Education and he completed his teacher training at Sir William Borlase in Marlow and Prospect School in Reading.

He played rugby for the University of Brighton first team and now plays for Slough RFC.

The following members of staff also hold coaching qualifications:

Mike Heppner Logan: Rugby Football Union Level 2, ECB Cricket Level 1.
Columba Blango: International Decathlete who represented Sierra Leone at the Moscow Olympics.

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